So we are less than a week away from the inauguration of the 45th President of The United States, Donald J. Trump and I think this would be a good time to look back on the last 19 months since he announced we was running for the highest office in America.
Trump announced his campaign on the 16th of June 2015 saying “So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again”. This wasn’t a great surprise as there had been rumours that he was going to run in the weeks leading up to this date. In his announcement speech he “fired shots” at current administration denouncing Obama as a “negative force”.
He has continued to be a controversial candidate throughout weather is was with his policies such as “build the wall” or emigration controls for certain countries he has had to do very little promotion of his own because the media and even other candidates were always talking about these controversial events and opinions, giving him free publicity.
On such publicity mine centred around Megan Kelly where he called her an amateur and a bimbo, which was one of the first times that the media realised that they were a target, not just the other candidates. This swayed almost all of the mainstream media in Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s favour and many networks reported on him with a negative bias. One such network is CNN which had been dubbed “Clinton News Network” due to the avid support the network showed her and even some of the reporters stated they was on her side. As a result there is an ongoing feud between Trump and CNN, more recently he refused to give them a question at his news conference where he called CNN “Fake news” the day after the network published a story about him that by all accounts is not true and they had made no effort to fact check it.
During the televised debates between Trump and the other candidates there were more controversy, we were made aware of a major one by Wikileaks which released emails from John Podesta which very clearly proved that Hillary Clinton had been given the questions to the debate before hand and had time to prepare. This definitely enhanced his image of fighting the powers that be and made him a symbol of change, real change.
One thing that Donald Trump did well was his rallies. He attracted huge crowds, filling massive venues at short notice. But there were a few people at his rallies that didn’t like his rhetoric and sometime these turned violent. One man from the UK attempted to take an officers gun with the intention of shooting Trump, the attempt was unsuccessful but this shows that he is definitely going to be a target over the coming 4 years, 8 if we are lucky.
All through his campaign he was flamboyant and antagonistic, it’s in his nature, but there was one day that seems to have changed that. Or at least toned it down a little bit. This was the election day, when the votes were counted and it was announced he gave a speech where he was very gracious and dignified, there was no mocking or gloating he accepted it very well and thanked everyone involved as well as the other candidates.
Since that day there have been a few developments, he contructed a whole cabinet, persuaded companies not to move their factories abroad, one of his main talking points of the campaign, while battling the media which put out fake news(an event that has been dubbed #GoldenShowerGate).
I now look forward to the inauguration and the next 4 years which I hope will be a prosperous time for the United States.